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July 31, 2020

Finnish American Heritage Center staff still providing services despite closed building

Although the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) building has been closed to the public since mid-March, the staff are still diligently providing services to the community. Assistant Editor of the Finnish American Reporter, David Maki, describes all the ways the community can take advantage of the services they offer from afar. 

What services are the FAHC staff providing at this time?

We’re still providing most of the interpersonal services we have been offering, but with adjustments that have public [...]

June 12, 2019

Juhannus 2019!

Saturday, June 22, all day – Juhannus events at Agate Beach, Toivola

11 a.m. – Flag and Midsummer Pole Raising (Finnish American Heritage Center) 12:30 p.m. – Overview of Folk Instruments (Finnish American Heritage Center) 3 p.m. – Music Workshop on Perlimannit Style (Toivola) 5:30 p.m. – Create Your Own Birchbark Ring and Floral Wreath 5:30 p.m. – Making Leipajuusto (squeaky cheese) Over a Fire (Agate Beach) 6 p.m. – Social and Dance (Agate Beach) 9 p.m. – Juhannuskokko (bonfire) Lighting (Agate Beach)

May 24, 2019

In the Land of the Finndians and Tradition Bearers

Finlandia University Gallery will present In the Land of the Finndians, an exhibit of photographs documenting the descendants of Finnish immigrants and Native Americans from the book by Katja Kettu, Meeri Koutaniemi, and Maria Seppälä. Also on display, Tradition Bearers, a collection of materials created during the Finnish American Folk School. This two-part exhibit will be on display at the Finlandia University Gallery, located in the Finnish American [...]

May 20, 2019

Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka coming to area in June

The Finnish American Folk School welcomes Finnish musical instrument maker Minna Hokka to the Copper Country this June as part of Juhannus 2019. She’ll be offering a slate of programming that will provide attendees with a unique skill set – and at an unbelievable price!

Hokka, who’s invested much of her adult life into creating musical instruments from materials found in nature, will offer as many as nine unique courses during her two-week [...]

Festival Ruska
September 4, 2018

Festival Ruska bringing colorful Nordic culture to Copper Country

Every year, Mother Nature provides the Copper Country with one of the most awe-inspiring displays of fall color anywhere in the world.

And at the same time as the leaves start turning, Finlandia University’s Finnish American Folk School provides an equally awesome lineup of cultural programming, this year featuring two remarkable artisans and a pair of Finnish-themed concerts.

This year, events get under way on September 5 with a one-night-only performance by the up-and-coming Finnish band Steve ‘n’ [...]

June 12, 2018

Finnish band to spice up Juhannus

Finland’s “spice girls” are bringing added flavor to the Copper Country this summer.

The Finnish folk band Jepokryddona (“Spice of Jeppo”) will headline the area’s 2018 Juhannus celebration, performing the upbeat, lively tunes that represent the heritage of their part of Finland, and offer workshops in their region’s music tradition. Jepokryddona is a folk group made up of Swedish-speaking Finns who, for the most part, play traditional wedding music from Jeppo. Led by [...]

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